UNICEF Mexico Earl Tropical Storm Situation Report, 8 August 2016



41 # death toll

32,000 # of people affected (Mexican Office of Civil Protection)

2,800 # children can’t attend class

8 # schools affected


Category 1 Hurricane Earl entered the Bay of Campeche on Aug. 5 after crossing through Belize, northern Guatemala and southern Mexico. A vivacious low-level center stayed intact across the Yucatan peninsula, and thunderstorms regrew around the circulation. Earl briefly strengthened to 60 mph before landfall in eastern Mexico south of Veracruz. Earl weakened to a tropical depression early on Aug. 6, 2016, after moving back over land and it then dissipated over the mountains later that day.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Javier formed off Mexico's Pacific Coast on August 6 and headed northward. Javier had sustained winds of about 50 mph and was centered about 210 miles southeast of Cabo San Lucas late Sunday. It was moving west-northwest at about 13 mph. Heavy rains of between 4 and 8 inches were expected, along with high winds. A tropical storm warning was in effect for the southern portion of the Baja California.

The death toll after heavy rains caused by the Earl passing through Mexico rose to 41 - of whom 18 are children -, after the authorities reported at least 11 people dead in the state of Veracruz, 29 dead in the central state of Puebla and 1 dead in Hidalgo. In addition, Earl left thousands of people affected by floods and landslides.

The Mexican Ministry of National Defense immediately activated its DN-III Plan of rescue and aid to the population. Within 24 hours 1,700 families were evacuated and taken to various shelters in the states of Veracruz and Puebla.

A total of 20 communities have been affected. Further risks persists since heavy rains are continuing in the highlands and hillsides inhabited irregularly, where it is necessary to maintain special vigilance to avoid any further landslides, floods and mud slides.

UNICEF has been in close coordination with civil protection and local government through formal and informal means, and awaits the results of continued assessments of impact in affected areas, and specific requests for support.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

The authorities do not rule out that the number of deaths continues to increase since the Army rescue efforts are still ongoing in areas affected by landslides and floods. Over 8,000 people have been affected and over 1,650 households have been damaged in the states of Veracruz and Puebla. Civil Protection authorities are conducting impact assessments along Earl´s passing route, and will be reporting detected needs in the following days